In 1966, the French company Nord (later part of Aérospatiale) built two Cadets, each powered by two 317 shp Allison T63-A-5A engines. The Nord 500 Cadet was 22 ft long and 20 ft wide, weighed only 2,760 lb and used two relatively large five-bladed ducted propellers. On the exit end of the ducts, four control vanes in a diamond shape controlled pitch (collectively) and yaw (differentially). This configuration was selected to try to expand the airflow in hover and compress it during horizontal flight.

 

The first aircraft was used for static tests while the second made a tethered hover on 23 July 1968. It was canceled without being tested further.

 

Source: AHS V/STOL Wheel

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord

Primary manufacturer: Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Convertiplane

Compound type: N/A

Lift configuration: Tilt rotor/prop/duct (x2)

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 2

Engine designation: Allison T-63-A-5A turbine

Engine manufacturer: Allison Engine Company

Take-off / rated power: 237 kW (317 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

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